It is finally time for AMD to start their move to a smaller manufacturing node. Unlike the recently reviewed AMD Richland APUs, these new chips will be based on a new 28 nm architecture codenamed "Jaguar". These chips will allow ECS their first opportunity to build a new mini-ITX motherboard family around Kabini and the first born is called the KBN-I.
The APUs will have an on-die Radeon HD 8400 supporting DX 11.1 and are all Windows 8 certified to take full advantage of all of its features. The ECS KBN-I brings a lot to the table as well with one PCI-E x16 slot, two SATA 6GB/s connections, two USB 3.0 ports, and 4 x USB 2.0 ports. There is also add on support for 1 full-sized and 1 half-sized mini-PCI cards. 1080p output on HDMI and standard analog output on VGA adds to a well-rounded mini-ITX board.
Called the world's 1st Quad-core SoC (System-on-a-chip) processor the AMD A6-5200 and A4-5000 will be options for the KBN-I as an Embedded chip. There will also be a dual-core E1-2100 option as well. While we cannot be sure of overclocking at this point, ECS is including the iEZ utility, eSF Smart Fan, and EZ BIOS.
This promises to be a pairing that offers great software support from ECS and great hardware options. If nothing else, it is history in the making.